Free Reign

Downhill skis tightly lock you — and your feet — in. It’s a lifestyle run by chairlifts and ski lodges and crowded alpine runs. Cross-country skiing, on the other hand, puts you in a different pair of boots that leaves your heels free to climb, glide and wander open terrain.

Good Times

During the upcoming Camping Winter Overnight Adventure, sponsored by Mountain Goat Outfitters and FLOW Adventures, experts will demonstrate how to make the best out of any camping trip — including one in the frigid wilderness. Learn how to stay warm and have fun in freezing temperatures.

Snowshoeing When I Shouldn'’t Be

What was intended to be a leisurely lunch turned into a quick snack, but it’s more than enough fuel to get us back to our car near Selkirk Lodge, just a couple of miles away. We could’ve stayed longer, but with four of us — my fiancée and.

Saving the Slopes

Bluewood had never been a big or fancy resort. It boasts only 18 groomed runs, plus six open treed areas. But it was the closest mountain around for skiers in the Walla Walla area, and at $42 per lift ticket, it offered some of the cheapest skiing in the state.

Safety Net

“We’re here for people who want to be adventurous but don’t know how to get out there,” says Sara Schmelzer, president of the Spokane Mountaineers. “We have the skills to teach you how to be safe in the outdoors and preserve the natural environment that we all enjoy.

Winter Warriors

But you might not guess as much, judging from the cultural myths that surround bike commuting. The perception that winter commuters are thrill-happy daredevils — or that all bike commuters are angry, Lycra-clad environmentalists — is a tired caricature.

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